Army troops bag ASG man involved in Lamitan Siege

November 15, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 15 – Troops of the 1st Infantry Division and police Thursday arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group member implicated in the infamous Lamitan Siege of June 2001, during operations in Barangay Oval, Lamitan, Basilan.

Capt. Alberto Caber, the unit's spokesperson, identified the arrested ASG operative as Abu Benjamin.

Aside from being involved in the Lamitan Siege, the suspect also participated in the earlier Dos Palmas Resort raid in Palawan and kidnapping of the Jose Maria Torres Memorial Hospital medical personnel, also in the same year.

Caber added Benjamin and his cohorts also raided Saint Peter's Church during their attack in Lamitan.

The warrant of arrest against the suspect was issued by the 9th Judicial Region Branch 1 Judge Leo Jay T. Principi.

He was brought to Zamboanga City for custodial debriefing and for proper disposition.

32nd Infantry Battalion commanding officer Lt. Col. Johnson Jemar D. Aseron said that they are at all times supporting the local PNP in their law enforcement operations in the province.

“This success speaks (of) the strong partnership we have with our PNP counterparts and the civilian populace to win the peace,” he added.

1st Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III extolled all his men to do their utmost in eliminating the ASG threat.

“As I said, there shall (be) no let-up of pursuit operations against those responsible in the kidnappings and killings in Western Mindanao,” he added. (PNA)

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